On Earth As In Heaven:Ecological Vision and Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Ecological Vision and Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Fordham University Press
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There is a law of unintended consequences, for when things go wrong; but there should also be a law for unexpected consequences when things happen to go right. While I was International President of the World Wide Fund for Nature in the 1980s, one of our main concerns was how...
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This is the third and final volume of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s selected writings. The first volume spoke to a contemporary world about human rights, religious tolerance, and international peace. The second volume contained major addresses relating to the ecumenical vision of...
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In the past two decades, the world has witnessed alarming environmental degradation—with climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the pollution of natural resources—and the widening gap between rich and poor, as well as increasing failure to implement environmental policies. During...
1. Call to Vigilance and Prayer: Patriarchal Encyclicals for September 1st
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This Ecumenical Throne of Orthodoxy—in its responsibility to protect and proclaim the centuries-long spirit of the patristic tradition as well as in its effort faithfully to interpret the eucharistic and liturgical experience of the Orthodox Church—watches with great anxiety the merciless trampling...
2. Orthodox Theology and the Environment: General Addresses
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Any effort to connect contemporary environmental pursuits to theological presuppositions seems to be a paradoxical and perhaps eccentric venture. In the minds of most, ecology represents a practical and tangible methodology. On the contrary, theology and theological cosmology, even as terminology,...
3. Nature and Cosmos: Beauty and Harmony of Creation
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We are deeply grateful for the honor bestowed on us today, an honor that we accept not on behalf of one individual, but on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the entire Holy Orthodox Church in whose rich vineyard we are privileged to labor. We may toil in this vineyard, we may...
4. Ecology and Ethics: Virtues and Values, Responsibility and Justice
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It is with much joy and deep satisfaction that we greet the inauguration of this Inter-Orthodox Conference on the protection of the natural environment. The convocation of this conference was a particular desire and hope of our late predecessor, Patriarch Dimitrios of blessed memory, who...
5. Prayer and Spirituality: Transfiguration and Sacrifice
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As far as our most holy Orthodox Church is concerned, we have reasons to be very intensely concerned for the protection of the natural environment. This was demonstrated during the Inter-Orthodox Conference convened, at the initiative of our Throne, last November on the island of Crete, which...
6. Education and Economy: Conservation, Education, and People
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By the grace of God, to whom we express our heartfelt gratitude, we are convening this interfaith gathering in this venerable center of Orthodoxy. We are pleased that it is being held within the hospitable environment of this monastery, where our ‘‘alma mater,’’ the Theological School of Halki,...
7. ‘‘All in the Same Boat’’: Intergenerational and Interdisciplinary Solidarity
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God created humanity to serve as a king of creation, not for any individualistic exploitation of it that results in destruction, but for the enjoyment of a peaceful and fruitful life in it in harmony with the other creatures, plants, or animals. Nevertheless, we have recently experienced a dangerous...
8. Interviews and Comments: A Selection
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CHARLIE ROSE: Welcome to the broadcast.1 Tonight, a conversation with one of the most important religious figures in the world. He is His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. He’s the leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians.We spoke in Atlanta during his current visit...
9. Declarations and Statements
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We are gathered here today in the spirit of peace for the good of all human beings and for the care of creation.1 At this moment in history, at the beginning of the third millennium, we are saddened to see the daily suffering of a great number of people from violence, starvation, poverty,...
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Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought (FUP)